Volume XXXI Number 44 November 2, 2007

FrontPage Stories

Old Town National City residents see hope for a cleaner, safer future

By Pablo Jaime Sáinz

Adriana Calderon’s five-year-old daughter Zoe has asthma and all the paint fumes and other pollutants near her home in the Old Town National City neighborhood have only made her condition worst.


Old Town National City residents held a rally outside City Hall to support the Westside Specific Plan.

“I have spent too many nights in the emergency room with my daughter, who is severely asthmatic,” Calderon said.

She was one of about 60 Old Town National City residents who attended a rally last Tuesday, October 30, led by the Environmental Health Coalition in front of the National City City Hall to support most of the Westside Specific plan and to demand toxic business phase-out from the area, among other issues.

“The city council needs to take quick action to phase out polluters,” said Calderon.

Old Town National City, the area between Interstate 5 and National City Blvd., for decades has seen an increase in the number of polluting businesses, such as autobody and paint shops, welding shops, and truck driving schools.

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Los residentes de Old Town National City ven esperanza de un futuro más limpio y seguro
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
La hija de cinco años de Adriana Calderón, Zoe, tiene asma y todos los vapores de pintura y otros contaminantes cerca de su casa en el vecindario de Old Town National City solo han empeorado su enfermedad.


Divided by Fire: Two San Diegos Emerge from the Flames
By Justin Akers Chacón
As the popular saying goes, the 8 freeway divides San Diego County between the haves to the north and the have-nots to the south. The Great Firestorm of 2007 that has scorched half a million acres, destroyed 2,300 structures, and displaced several hundred thousand people, has unmasked the even deeper fissures that cut through “America’s Finest City.”


Program helps Mexican parents in City Heights help themselves
By Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Jovita Zeigler, an Indigenous woman from the Mexican state of Hidalgo, is helping one of her classmates set up an e-mail account.


Programa ayuda a padres mexicanos en City Heights a ayudarse a si mismos
Por Pablo Jaime Sáinz
Jovita Zeigler, una mujer indígena del estado mexicano de Hidalgo, está ayudando a una de sus compañeras de clase a abrir su propia cuenta de correo electrónico.


Steve Padilla
A Moment for Thanks and Praise
The call came early in the morning and was totally unexpected. Emergency services personnel were preparing to evacuate neighborhoods on the eastern city limits – right now. Earlier, I had barely noticed the faint scent of burning and smoke, which often accompanies a brush fire somewhere in our county. Having grown up here, it was not something totally out of the ordinary.



Stories

Hillary Clinton y el voto latino
La precandidata Demócrata a la presidencia de EE.UU. hizo una sorpresiva visita al Valle Central buscando el voto latino

Por Eduardo Stanley
FRESNO — El lunes 22 de octubre, casi 4 mil personas recibieron a Hillary Clinton frente a la escuela Fresno High. En el estrado, una treintena de funcionarios municipales del área de origen latino, afroamericano, asiático y de otras étnias.


Apoyando a las futuras estrellas del beisbol tijuanense
Por Luis Alonso Pérez
El equipo de beisbol Potros de Tijuana y el grupo radiofónico MVS unieron fuerzas para apoyar a los jóvenes deportistas de Tijuana con un donativo de 220 mil pesos que permitirá habilitar un campo de beisbol y becar a jugadores infantiles de escasos recursos.


Mexico Taps New Labor Export Markets
Confronted with diminishing prospects in the United States, Mexican workers could soon find additional employment opportunities in other places abroad. At a Madrid summit this week, the Spanish and Mexican governments signed a 12-month pilot program that will ease job placements for temporary Mexican workers in Spain. Scheduled to begin on January 1, 2008, the program will be open to workers in a variety of fields. In a veiled poke at US immigration policies, Mexican Labor Minister Javier Lozano Alarcon praised the new bilateral agreement between Mexico and Spain.


México del Norte
Por Jorge Mújica Murias
Las aguas negras del imperialismo
Así, como dice el título, hemos conocido desde siempre a la Coca-Cola. Pero hay otras aguas negras, más nuevas que la cocaínica bebida, y que estos días parece ser bastante más cara.


Fires Add to Urban Asthma
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson
Editor’s Note: For thousands of children and elderly the Southern California wildfires posed yet another dire health threat to a community that has long suffered higher asthma rates from poor air quality and pollution.


Homeowners can help keep the blaze out of the house even as wildfire rages
After serious wildfires, it can seem like flames leapfrogged through neighborhoods, leaving some homes unscathed alongside others that have been reduced to rubble. University of California scientists have found that this familiar site is not entirely random.


Emergency Notification: Register Your Cell Phone and E-Mail Address
Residents who live in San Diego County, which includes all 18 cities and the unincorporated areas of the County, are encouraged to register their cell phones and e-mail addresses for emergency notifications by visiting http://www.alertsandiego.org within the next few days. Possible moderate to strong Santa Ana winds are forecast for next weekend.


Filipino veterans press for pension benefits
By James Baetke
WASHINGTON - Former Filipino guerrilla fighter Fred Diaz lives on $654 a month from Social Security, but after 15 years of rallies and marches, the 91-year-old World War II veteran said he’s tired of waiting for a better pension plan.

Obispos Católicos Debatirán Declaración Sobre Fe y Política Dirigida a Ayudar a Formar La Conciencia
WASHINGTON – La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB) considerará la aprobación de una declaración actualizada sobre la fe y la política en su reunión general de noviembre 2007. El documento propuesto se enfoca en el papel que el obispo tiene en ayudar a formar las conciencias en la vida política.

LA COLUMNA VERTEBRAL
Por Marangely Rodríguez
La vacuna contra la gripe, te puede salvar la vida
Cada año en Estados Unidos, más de 200 mil personas son hospitalizadas por complicaciones ocasionadas por la influenza y unas 36 mil mueren a causa de ésta. Estas cifras además de alarmantes son lamentables ya que pueden ser evitadas con sólo una vacuna.

My first Halloween: treats, costumes, pumpkins
By Brenda Keino
Note: Brenda Keino, a Kenyan journalism student, is experiencing her first U.S. Halloween. She wrote this story for a Kenyan newspaper to explain the U.S. tradition.



Editorial and Commentary

Editorial:
Time for Equal Representation in the South Bay
The intent of the democratic process and of our election system, which at times is a complex process that involves a lot of rules and regulations, is the right to equal representation with fair and competitive elections which constitutes the will of the people. With the South Bay school districts, these basic premises do not apply. There is not equal representation and the elections are not competitive, which brings into the question the issue of fairness.


Editorial:
Es hora de representación justa en el sur del condado de SD
Uno de los propósitos del proceso democrático y de nuestro sistema electoral, que en veces es un proceso complejo que involucra muchas reglas y regulaciones, es el derecho a representación equivalente con elecciones justas y competitivas que constituyen la decisión de la gente. Estas premisas básicas no se aplican en los distritos escolares del sur del Condado de San Diego. No hay representación equitativa y las elecciones no son competitivas lo que nos lleva a la cuestión de justicia.

Commentary:
Urgent Need for Preschool to Support the Readiness Gap and Reduce The Achievement Gap
By Alberto Ochoa
At our recent San Diego County Latino Education Summit, held on October 13, 2007, I talked with over 100 parents, teachers and other community members on the high rate of student dropout in San Diego and the State. They all had different things to say about the existing challenges facing K-12 education, but the one thing everybody agree on was the need for effective pre-kindergarten that gets our children to ready to start school, to socially and academically learn and be ready to read.


Commentary:
Latino Students Dream Bigger than DREAM Act
By David Cruz
Editor’s Note: The DREAM Act died Wednesday of last week in a U.S. Senate vote, days after the California version of the act was vetoed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. A student organizer argues that the DREAM Act, which would have made it possible for certain undocumented students to receive financial aid, never actually had anything to do with the real “dream.”

Comentario:
Intersección en Cuba
Por Israel Ortega
Una de las ventajas de la Presidencia es la habilidad en agrandar temas que suelen ser olvidados. En esta luz, el Presidente tuvo un discurso el 23 de Octubre y destaco, entre varias cosas, la salud de Fidel Castro y Cuba. Es por eso que el tema esta generando más discusión y más atención en nuestros periódicos y otros medios de comunicación.

Comentario:
El verdadero “sitcom” de OC
Por Humberto Caspa, Ph.D
Cuando uno piensa que la novela del Condado de Orange ha terminado, los capítulos todavía se tornan más espeluznantes que antes. El reparto había sido prácticamente monopolizado por el alcalde de Costa Mesa Allan Mansoor y su mentor ideológico, el supremacista blanco Martín H. Millard. Sin embargo hoy, en pleno Día de los Muertos, el Sheriff del Condado de Orange, Michael S. Carona, aparece como la figura fantasmagórica, repulsiva y aterradora.

Comentario:
Yo no hablo inglés y ellos tampoco
Por José R. Uzal
Los Estados Unidos fueron una colonia de Inglaterra. En todas las colonias, sin importar el imperio a que pertenecían, el idioma se corrompía. Los ingleses miran a sus primos de América con el mismo desdén que los capitalinos han usado siempre con los provincianos. Los españoles no nos enseñaron a pronunciar la “c” y la “z”, y nos condenaron a no sesear para identificarnos rápidamente como coloniales. Los estadounidenses, por similar razón, no fueron ejercitados en usar el acento y el vocabulario de la aristocracia inglesa.



Etc. Etc. Etc.
Entertainment,
Reviews, Sporting news, and other tid bits


¡ASK A MEXICAN!
Por Gustavo Arellano
Dear Mexican: I like to think that I’m an open-minded sorta guy for a teenager.

“Day of the Dead” -- “Día de los Muertos”
Join us in Sherman Heights on November 3rd & 4th to celebrate the “Day of the Dead” from 11-5pm.


El Día de los Muertos ya no es Una Celebración Exclusivamente Hispana
Cada vez son más quienes agasajan a sus difuntos con exquisitas recetas con miel.
Es cada vez más frecuente que costumbres típicas hispanas sean adoptadas por otras comunidades residentes en los Estados Unidos. Es lo que sucede con el Día de los Muertos donde  ya no sólo los latinos se alistan para la visita de sus difuntos. Altares, calaveras y ofrendas son parte de la tradición. La comida, ofrenda imprescindible, requiere la preparación de deliciosos platillos especiales para la ocasión. Por este motivo el National Honey Board recrea las tradicionales recetas del Día de los Muertos con el sabor y la pureza de la miel, elemento natural que, cuentan las leyendas, endulza el paso de la vida terrenal al más allá.


The Emergence of a New Latina Talent
It’s always a great occasion when a new Latino actor makes their debut. It’s even more impressive when the film is a major feature. We have just such a case this week when Lymari Nadal stars in the role of a former Miss Puerto Rico and Denzel Washington’s wife in “American Gangster.”


Calaca Press Presents Its newest Book
Conjunto norteño: Relatos para la plebada

Narcocultura, norteño and banda music, and the Sinal-oense character, all appear in Conjunto norteño: Relatos para la plebada (Calaca Press, 2007), the first fiction collection by local journalist Pablo Jaime Sáinz.


Editorial local Calaca Press presenta su nuevo libro Conjunto norteño: Relatos para la plebada
La narcocultura, la música norteña y de banda, los narcocorridos y el carácter sinaloense aparecen en Conjunto norteño: Relatos para la plebada (Calaca Press, 2007), la primera colección de narrativa que pública el periodista local Pablo Jaime Sáinz.

Calendar of Events
Tony Gleaton’s Photography Features Indigenous Peoples of Mexico and Guatemala
“In Land of Heart’s Desire” Tour Scheduled for Three County Libraries


Reseña:
Ver Danzópera es Saborear un Exquisito Espectáculo de Danza Música y Canto
Por: Paco Zavala
Pocas veces se tiene la oportunidad de admirar tanto talento, demostrando en el escenario expresiones artísticas de distinto género, carácter y dimensión, reuniendo los elementos de calidad suficientes y necesarios para demostrarlos a un público diletante y ávido de percibir manifestaciones artísticas vinculadas únicamente por el movimiento corporal en la danza, la sonoridad de los instrumentos musicales, por el virtuosismo de los ejecutantes, y por la belleza incomparable de las voces de la masa coral y de los solistas que intervinieron en este espectáculo, en el que hubo un derroche inconmensurable de talento.


For Hanono, Success Runs in the Family
By John Philip Wyllie
Following in the footsteps of his older siblings Gina and Bram, Gerad Hanono has become a key player on the Bonita Vista water polo and swim teams and excelled in the classroom. If he succeeds in helping the Barons win what would be their 21st consecutive league water polo title, he will be contributing to a legacy of dominance that predates even his big brother’s four league titles. At the conclusion of the current school year, the youngest member in this extraordinary first generation Mexican-American family may have a chance to do something really special.


There is No Place Like Home for Aztecs Yarbrough
By John Philip Wyllie
At 2-5 and their chances of qualifying for a bowl game quickly slipping away, the San Diego State Aztecs return to the gridiron Saturday night (6:00 p.m.) when they host the tough Wyoming Cowboys (5-3) at the “Q.” In their last outing October 20, the red and black came within an eyelash of upsetting (6-2) New Mexico, but ultimately fell 20-17 after some last minute Lobos heroics. Last weekend’s scheduled contest against BYU had to be postponed until December 1 due to the fires, so the Aztecs have had an extra week to heal and prepare.


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